You’ve signed your little one up for every Gymboree class before she can even crawl. You’ve read every book on early motor and cognitive development known to man, but even despite your best efforts you may be teaching your little one a few things that weren’t apart of today’s standard baby learning practices.
A new study done by the University of Oregon showed that babies actually know when their parents squabble in front of them and it doesn’t make them happy.
Researchers studied 20 infants between the ages of 6 months and 12 months old at their regular bedtimes. Male researchers read gibberish in angry, moderate and natural tones to the tots. The babies were given MRI scans during this time and the scans showed that even while sleeping, the babies responded differently to different tones of voice. Babies that heard the angry tones had a stronger reaction in the area of the brain that regulations stress and emotions. This may mean that kids that are exposed to constant arguments at home are being shaped differently in how they handle stressful and emotional situations.
The moral of the story is that it’s best to leave the grown up discussions and angry tones of voice to a time and place away from your kids.
Do you think arguing in front of your infant can shape them for life?